How to use check constraints in mysql table?

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by gilbert , in category: MySQL , 2 months ago

How to use check constraints in mysql table?

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by addison , 2 months ago

@gilbert 

In MySQL, check constraints are not directly supported. However, you can achieve similar functionality using triggers. Here's how you can use triggers to implement check constraints:

  1. Create a table without check constraints: CREATE TABLE your_table ( id INT PRIMARY KEY, value INT );
  2. Create a trigger that checks the constraint before inserting or updating a row: DELIMITER // CREATE TRIGGER check_constraint BEFORE INSERT ON your_table FOR EACH ROW BEGIN IF NEW.value < 0 THEN SIGNAL SQLSTATE '45000' SET MESSAGE_TEXT = 'Value cannot be negative'; END IF; END // DELIMITER ; In this example, the trigger checks if the value column is less than 0 and raises an error if it is. You can customize the condition based on your specific requirements.
  3. Test the check constraint by attempting to violate it: -- Will work INSERT INTO your_table (id, value) VALUES (1, 10); -- Will fail with an error: "Value cannot be negative" INSERT INTO your_table (id, value) VALUES (2, -5); -- Will work UPDATE your_table SET value = 20 WHERE id = 1; -- Will fail with an error: "Value cannot be negative" UPDATE your_table SET value = -10 WHERE id = 1;


By using triggers, you can emulate check constraints in MySQL and enforce custom validation rules on your table.